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When discussing treatment and management methods for depression, it’s not often that cosmetic treatments will come up in the conversation. Although it has been proven that cosmetic treatments can help people feel more confident and happier with their appearance, cosmetic procedures are rarely seen as beneficial medical practices. Until Botox, that is. An effective cosmetic treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, Botox has actually been put to a fairly wide range of medical tasks including treating migraines and temporomandibular joint disorder, as well as easing excessive sweating. Now, new evidence has suggested that it can also help to improve the mood of people suffering from long term depression. Case Study: Sarah, age 47 Struggling with depression since the age of 21, Sarah was at her wit’s end when she received a postcard requesting participants for a new depression study at…


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Fillers and injectables are becoming extremely popular forms of cosmetic treatments as people from all races, genders, and cultures seek to maintain a more youthful appearance. Many see these treatments as effective and accessible ways to maintain their looks without having to undergo cosmetic surgery. This has made these treatments so popular that they accounted for over 80% of all cosmetic procedures performed in 2011 across North America. Unsurprisingly, this trend is likely to continue. Unfortunately, despite the continually rising popularity of fillers and injectables, there are still many patients and potential patients out there who don’t really understand the differences between these cosmetic treatments and how they are best used. It’s not uncommon for cosmetic doctors to have patients come in requested Botox when what they actually need is a filler. To figure out which product is more applicable…


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Many patients who have struggled with severe or cystic acne in the past find that it leaves indents and evidence of scarring long after the acne has cleared up. This can greatly affect the texture of the skin as well as the patient’s self-confidence. A common question that aestheticians must answer is how to smooth out these scars in order to achieve a smooth, youthful, and pleasing appearance. In most cases the answer to this question lies in professional skin care procedures, including aggressive exfoliation through chemical peels, CO2 lasers, and injectable fillers. Chemical Peels Available in a variety of strengths to suit the needs of many different individuals, chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to the skin of the face in order to exfoliate and remove the outer layer. This allows the skin to regenerate, leaving it smoother…


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Laser hair removal is a cosmetic procedure that has experienced soaring popularity over the last several years. With busy schedules and complex grooming rituals, many people are finding that they simply no longer want to spend their free time on hassles like shaving or waxing. Choosing a permanent hair removal method becomes a highly attractive prospect when it means you can spend a significant amount of time on more productive – or at least more fun – activities. Before you rush out and book your first appointment, there are several important things you should know about: namely, what to do, and not do, during preparation and following treatment. Preparation Do… wear sunblock of 30 SPF or higher on the targeted area whenever you go out in the sun for at least one week prior to treatment. shave the treatment area…


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